Tia Tidwell, assistant professor of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development at
the University of Alaska Fairbanks, was a guest on the first episode of the new podcast,
The Alaska Myth. The Alaska Myth is a podcast about how Alaskans view our history
In this episode, they discuss settler myths, get real about "the real Alaskan," and
learn how the 19th century myth of the frontier came to define Alaska's identity.
Kevin Maier, professor of Environmental Humanities at the University of Alaska Southeast,
Aaron Leggett, senior curator of Alaska History and Indigenous Cultures at the Anchorage
Museum and President of the Native Village of Eklutna and Steve Henrikson, curator of collections at the Alaska State Museum are also guests
on the first episode.
Tia Tidwell belongs to the Nunamiut people of Anaktuvuk Pass and currently resides
on the lands of the Lower Tanana and Dené people. Tidwell's research focuses on the
intersection of settler colonial studies, Arctic literature, and Indigenous counter-narratives.
She is especially interested in adapting settler colonial theoretical frameworks to
examine settler fantasies about land and belonging in contemporary literature.